A group of 22 U.S. citizens is suing Hezbollah in Brooklyn Federal Court for the harm the terror group caused by lobbing rocket and missile attacks at northern Israel while they were living there in 2006.
The group simultaneously filed a lawsuit against Bank Saderat Iran and Bank Saderat in the same court Monday, accusing the banks of providing Hezbollah with the material support to carry out the attacks.
The plaintiffs include sisters Chana Liba and Malka Kumer, who were 5 and 6 and living with their family in the city of Safed during the strikes in the summer of 2006, and have experienced psychological and emotional trauma as a result, the suit charges.
Another plaintiff, Chayim Kumer, had a nervous breakdown as a result of the attacks, according to the court documents.
The plaintiffs are suing both Hezbollah and Bank Saderat Iran for $50 million in compensatory damages, as well as unspecified punitive damages.
A Brooklyn jury in 2014 found Jordan’s Arab Bank liable for knowingly supporting terror operations that killed and injured Americans in Israel by executing financial transaction with high-ranking members of Hamas.
The bank agreed to pay a $100 million settlement to the victims, although the payout was reduced when the verdict was overturned by an appeals court earlier this year, according to Courthouse News.